Curriculum Development for Nature-Based Early Childhood Educators

Looking for a new high quality professional development opportunity to help improve your capacity to create curriculum for your nature-based early childhood program?!

I am excited to announce a 3 credit course that I have been busy designing and will teach this summer called Curriculum Development for Nature-Based Early Childhood Educators.

I offered this course through the Vermont Early Childhood Educators Institute in 2021 and created specifically for educators who wants to incorporate more nature-based strategies into their teaching. This course will be offered again in the Summer 2022.

FULLY ONLINE & designed to be practical for working professionals who want to bring nature into the heart of their teaching ~ click the link below for the syllabus! This course will be offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Course Description: 

Early childhood educators who support a nature-based approach in their classroom often discover that they need to embrace a unique design to curriculum development. This curriculum work often differs from conventional approaches included in college or previous internship experiences. In the context of examining indoor and outdoor environments, preschool and kindergarten teachers will discuss how to utilize nature to foster skill development in young children and how to meaningfully embed early learning standards in a nature-based program.  We will discuss how we can incorporate authentic observations to assess and monitor our student’s growth and to continually enrich our programs.  Participants will feel empowered to incorporate developmentally appropriate teaching practices including: interactions, learning environment (indoors and outdoors), daily schedules, routines, and implement a dynamic nature-based approach in their classrooms.  Participants will design a nature-based integrated curriculum unit that includes language and literacy, mathematical thinking, nature and sciences, social studies and creative expression for early education. Due to the small class size and course format, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current practices as they begin to consider and solidify new concepts presented.

Click here to review the syllabus!

Registration will open in the spring!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RjAFcg-2N-L1Lf0O0kIEf4RLmBy5OjWOm45rOY7wkbY/edit?usp=sharing

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